"The world has not ended, so... now be Elive!"
This is a catchy phrase in the release announcement for those of us who, after seeing one of the most beautiful Linux distros go dormant, are now excited at the release of a new alpha of Elive.
This is not a review, only a quick image-test run. Even so, one can see that the excitment is justified.
How does Elive behave in a VM?
The booting process is both fast and intuitive. The first screens that you see let you choose your language and keyboard.
Then, you are asked if you want to have a mobile interface (I went for desktop), the size of the text and the behavior of the effects. After answering, you see the default desktop:
You can access the menu by left-clicking on any point of the desktop.
The network was not enabled by default, but one can set it easily in two clicks:
Then you see the indicator that the network is up.
You can close it and you can still browse the Web, which you do with Chromium, not Firefox :-(
You can watch YouTube videos out of the box:
You can customize the pager to have less desktops (I normally work with only four) and add different wallpapers on each desktop.
The system was responsive and beautiful.
Then I tried the mobile interface. I must say that it was responsive but, as I am not a fan of those things, I did not find it appealing.
For an alpha, this is a great-looking and promising release. We have to see the final version which, judging from this, will be amazing.
For more on the awakening of Elive, read here.